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  11 November 2003
***Compositing Software/Tutorial/Info Links***

People are asking questions about what software should I use and stuff like that so I'm making a permanant info page to help out everone so this kind of information is more readily available.

This is a works in progress. I'm still working on it now but I thought I would post what I have so far. I will be periodically adding things to this. I also have a thread were I want people to give me additional links to add to this document.

Last edited by beaker : 01 January 2011 at 05:07 AM.
  11 November 2003
Software (updated Jan 2011)

Here is a list of software related to this forum. Including, Compositing, Editing, and other tools along those lines.

DOA= not devloped anymore I included many DOA packages because many companies still use them so it is usefull to know about them.

I will add descriptions to many of these later on when I have time.

I. Compositing Software

  1. Adobe After Effects:(Win, OSX)
  2. Autodesk Combustion:(Win, OSX)
  3. Autodesk Composite (Toxik): (Win, OSX, Linux)
  4. Autodesk Flame:(Linux)
  5. Eyeon Vision: (Win)
  6. Eyeon Digital Fusion: (Win)
  7. The Foundry Nuke: (Win, Linux, OSX)
  8. Blender: (Win, Linux, OSX)
  9. R&H Icy: (Linux) (Non Commercial In house Software)
  10. ILM Saber: (Linux) (Non Commercial In house Software)
  11. ILM Comptime: (Linux) (Non Commercial In house Software)
  12. Apple Shake: DOA (OSX, Linux, Sgi)

II. 2d/3d Paint

  1. Adobe Photoshop: (Win, OSX)
  2. Gimp: (Win, Linux, Sgi, Sun, Freebsd)(Free!)
  3. Krita: (Win, Linux, Sgi, Sun, Freebsd) (Free!)
  4. ArtRage: (Win, OSX)
  5. Maxxon Bodypaint: (Win, OSX)
  6. The Foundry Mari: (Win, Linux)
  7. Autodesk Sketchbook Pro: (Win, OSX)

III. Roto/Paint

  1. Silhouette (Win, Linux, OSX)
  2. Eyeon Rotation: (Win)
  3. Mocha/Mocha Pro: (Win, OSX, Linux)

IV. Matchmoving/Tracking

  1. Mocha/Mocha Pro: (Win, OSX, Linux, Irix)
  2. SynthEyes: (Win)
  3. PFTrack/PFMatchit/PfHoe: (Win, OSX, Linux, Sgi) Previously called Icarus, and originally developed at the Victoria University of Manchester.
  4. Autodesk Matchmover:(Win, OSX, Linux)
  5. 2d3 Boujou:(Win, OSX, Linux)
  6. Science D Visions 3D Equalizer:(Win, OSX, Linux, Sgi)
  7. Alias Maya Live:(Win, Linux, Sgi)A tracker that is built into Maya Unlimited. It was licensed technology from a company called Alchemy 3D, that was later bought by Synapix who went belly up.
  8. Voodoo Camera Tracker: (Win, Linux)

V. Editors:

  1. iMovie
  2. Sony Vegas:(Win)
  3. Adobe Premiere Elements
  4. Adobe Premiere Pro:(Win, OSX)
  5. Apple Final Cut Pro:(OSX)
  6. Apple Final Cut Express:(OSX)
  7. Media 100 Suite:(OSX)
  8. Avid Media Composer:(Win, OSX)
  9. Avid Pinnacle Studio: (Win)
  10. Grass Valley Edius:(Win)
  11. EditShare Lightworks: (Win)(Free!)
  12. Cinefx:(Linux)(Free!)
  13. Cinerella:(Linux)(Free!)

VI. Finishing

  1. Autodesk Smoke:(OSX, Linux)
  2. Avid Symphony:(Win, OSX)
  3. Avid DS:(Win)
  4. Quantel iQ/eQ:(Win)

VII. Digital Color Grading/Digital Intermediate

  1. Apple Color:(OSX)
  2. The Grading Sweet:
  3. Synthetic Aperture Color Finess:
  4. Magic Bullet Suite:
  5. Assimilate Scratch: (Win)
  6. Autodesk Lustre:(Linux/Win)
  7. Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve:
  8. Pandora Revolution:
  9. Iridas SpeedGrade: (OSX/Win/Linux)
  10. Digital Vision Nucoda:(Win/Linux)
  11. FilmLight Baselight:
  12. SGO Mistika:
  13. Quantel Pablo:
  14. DFT Bones:
  15. DVS Clipster
  16. The Foundry Storm:(OSX)

VIII. Digital Daily Playback

  1. FrameCycler:(Win, OSX, Linux)
  2. RV: (Win, OSX, Linux)
  3. JefeCheck: (Win, OSX, Linux)
  4. DJV View: (Win, OSX, Linux)
  5. PDPlayer: (Win, OSX, Linux)
  6. Mflip: (Linux, Sgi) (Free!)
  7. Cineplay: (Win, OSX, Linux)
  8. i-display: (Linux) (Free!)
  9. Bluefish 444 Symmetry:(Win)
IX. Utilities

a. Particles

  1. Genarts Particle Illusion:(Win, OSX)
  2. Trapcode Particular(Win)
b. Motion Blur

  1. ReelSmart Motion Blur:(Win, OSX, Linux, Sgi)

Last edited by beaker : 01 January 2011 at 05:10 AM.
  11 November 2003

Compositing Books

The Art and Science of Digital Compositing
by Ron Brinkmann

Digital Compositing In Depth: The Only Guide to Post Production for Visual Effects in Film
by Doug Kelly

Digital Compositing for Film and Video with CDROM
by Steve Wright

Apple Pro Training Series: Shake 3
by Marco Paolini

Inspired 3D Lighting & Compositing
by David A. Parrish

The Invisible Art
by Mark Cotta Vaz, Craig Barron

Combustion v2: The On-Line WebWarriors Guide
by Jack Pfeiffer

Combustion Ground Rules
by Todd Peterson

Focal Easy Guide to Discreet combustion 3 : For new users and professionals
by Gary M. Davis

Reference Books:
American Cinematographer Video Manual
by Frank Beacham

American Cinematographer Video Manual 3RD Edition
by Michael Grotticelli

Photoshop CS for Nonlinear Editors (DV Expert Series)
by Richard Harrington

Film Into Video: A Guide to Merging the Technologies, Second Edition
by Stuart Blake Jones, Richard H. Kallenberger, George D. Cvjetnicanin

Film Technology in Post Production, Second Edition
by Dominic Case

American Cinematographer Manual (8th Edition)
by Rob Hummel


The Art of Color
by Johannes Itten

Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color
by Leatrice Eiseman

Color Correction for Digital Video: Using Desktop Tools to Perfect Your Image
by Steve Hullfish, Jaime Fowler

Video Color Correction for Non-Linear Editors: A Step-by-Step Guide
by Stuart Blake-Jones


The Elements of Typographic Style
by Robert Bringhurst

Last edited by beaker : 09 September 2004 at 07:57 PM.
  11 November 2003

Compositing Videos:

Sphere VFX:
CMI Studios:

Video Blurb:
The Street Productions:

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